Protecting Your Heart with Ablation Therapy

University of Utah Healthcare Cardiologist Marcos Daccarett, M.D. talks about a procedure to treat atrial fibrillation (AF or afib).

Atrial fibrillation is a serious condition that could result in stroke, heart weakness or failure, or death. Approximately 2% of the U.S. population has this disease and each year 100,000 people are diagnosed with AF. This condition can be treated with Ablation Therapy.

Ablation therapy is a two- to three-hour procedure where a catheter is inserted into the heart. The University Hospital uses 3-D imaging to help make the procedure safer and faster. Patients spend one night in the hospital and are back to a regular routine within two to three days. While other treatments such as blood thinners may work temporarily, ablation therapy is the best procedure to protect your heart from atrial fibrillation for a long period of time.

To learn more about atrial fibrillation and ablation therapy, please call University of Utah Health Care’s Arrhythmia Clinic at (801) 587-5888 or visit

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